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Remote-Controlled Camera Mount 

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Remote-Controlled Camera 


Written By: Ben Wendt 


Drill (1) 



with a relatively larae base 

Camcorder (1) 


with matchinq nuts, washers, and wina 



What do you get when you combine a chunky remote control toy car with a lightweight 
camcorder? You get a street-level action cam that captures video on the move! I came up 
with this quick and easy mashup for kicks, and have had lots of fun with it. I hope you will, 

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Remote-Controlled Camera Mount 

Step 1 — Drill the chassis. 

• Remove the plastic body from the 
car and drill a W vertical hole 
through the chassis. 

Step 2 — Fasten the bolt. 


1 Put the bolt up through the hole, 
securing it with nuts and washers 
above and below. Then put a wing 
nut at the top, facing upward. 

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Remote-Controlled Camera Mount 

Step 3 — Attach your camera. 

• The V4-20 bolt fits most 
camcorders' standard tripod 
mounts. Screw your camera on, 
point it in your chosen direction, 
then secure it by tightening the 
wing nut. 

It's really that simple! I've been using the camera to do Hale's Tours of my neighborhood. If 
you're unfamiliar with the history, Hale's Tours and Scenes of the World debuted in 1905. 

Charles Hale used to strap a camera to the front of a train going through a particularly interesting 
route, and film it. People would then pay to see simulated train rides through exotic locales in 
this fashion. As an homage to my community and to film history, I've been re-creating this 
experience using the remote-controlled camera mount. 

This project first appeared in MAKE Volume 20 . page 120. 

last generated on 2012-11-03 05:36:23 AM. 

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